What legacy has the Eureka Rebellion had on contemporary Australian democracy? Peter FitzSimons, Chair of the Australian Republican Movement, and author of 'Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution', says it's impact was hugely significant, not only in Australia but overseas. Peter FitzSimons delivered 2017's annual Peter Tobin Oration at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, a place he says is an important contribution to the story of democracy.
Like many returned soldiers, Pompey Elliott had seen more than his fair share of blood, suffering and death, which had affected him for the rest of his life. In this final 3-part chat with historian and author Dr Ross McMullin on his latest book, Pompey Elliott at War, we discuss the fighting general’s life after the Great War and his legacy a century later.
Historian and author Dr Ross McMullin, continues with his analysis of Pompey Elliot by examining the fighting general's leadership at the battle of Polygon Wood in World War I.
As a fighting general, none was as famous as Pompey Elliott. That’s historian and author Ross McMullin’s assessment of him in his recent book ‘Pompey Elliott at War’, a collection of War Correspondence from the general.
Having attended Ballarat College, Harold ‘Pompey’ Elliott was involved from the very beginning of the Great War — landing on the beaches of Gallipoli — to the very end in western Europe.
Pompey’s diary entries, letters to his wife and fellow commanders are vivid, and show his personality which endeared him to his men, yet ruffled his superiors.
This is the first of a 3-part episode with Ross McMullin, who takes us on a journey of Pompey Elliott’s early life in Ballarat to the mud of Western Europe.
Supporting Ballarat and the western region with footy.
Western Bulldogs is firmly committed to making Ballarat its second home as it continues to build support in the western region of Victoria. President Peter Gordon says the support from Ballarat has been encouraging as the club commits to two AFL games at Mars Stadium each year from 2018, and with further plans to play AFL Women's home games at the newly built stadium in the future.
Peter discusses his love of footy, the tumultuous years of saving the club from the brink of extinction and the club's focus on men's health through its Sons of the West initiative.
A campaign for shorter train times to Melbourne
Eleven years ago a train from Ballarat arrived at Melbourne's Southern Cross Station in 59 minutes, a record which was applauded by State politicians at the time - a record which, alas, hasn't been repeated.
That sub-hour time is Committee for Ballarat's focus in its #59minuteBallarat campaign aimed at State and Federal governments to help ease the growing pains of Melbourne and support the wider region of Ballarat.
The Committee's Nick Beale and Melanie Robertson discuss the campaign and what the benefits would bring to not only Ballarat and Melbourne, but the rest of Victoria.
The birth of a beer: Athletic Club Brewery
Although he could, Peter Parry wasn't quite ready to retire. Instead of putting his feet up, Peter opened Athletic Club Brewery on Mair Street in Ballarat. That was in November 2016 after almost 20 months waiting for council approval.
Today the Athletic Club attracts patrons from Ballarat and out-of-towners who flock to taste his selection of high-quality and classic-styles of craft beer in a comfortable and relaxing pub.
Listen episode 5 of Ballarat Talks podcast.
Athletic Club Brewery
Catherine King MP representing town and country
What’s it like to be working in the hallowed halls of Parliament House in Canberra? Catherine King has represented the Ballarat electorate federally since 2001, and since then she’s learnt how to deal with the ever increasing influence of online technology in the way she communicates.
“[T]echnology has meant the accessibility of politicians,” she says. “So, you can imagine, the forms that people can communicate with you from are much more increased which means the workload has increased substantially since I first started. It was pretty big when I started and it's increased ever since, exponentially, every year.”
Ms King reflects on some of the challenges facing regional communities and Ballarat in particular with its influx of new residents. “[H]ow do we actually try and ensure that the growth that's happening in the town is actually shared equally across across the town? That's not an easy thing to do and a lot of regional communities are experiencing that.”
As Shadow Minister for Health, Ms King examines the health issues affecting Ballarat, including health inequality. “How do you make sure people have access to allied health services? And how do you also then work in the preventative health space of trying to get people active in moving?”
Obesity’s a particular challenge affecting Ballarat, but a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is not Labor’s policy at this stage. “[I]t’s not Labor's policy to do that — I’m aware the U.K. though is bringing that policy in and I'll watch that with interest to see what that actually does.
“But I think it's (the fight against obesity) actually a multi-pronged attack that you actually have to have in communities that engages people in their own health.”
In episode 5 of Ballarat Talks, Ms King also explains how her family has kept her grounded from the constant public and media spotlight.
Ballarat’s national reputation as a centre for arts
Despite Federation University’s Arts Academy being renowned across Australia as a “centre for excellence”, few in Ballarat know about it, laments Director Bryce Ives. “It’s the best kept secret in the town right at our centre,” he says.
Growing up in Wendouree, Ives returned to Ballarat after 15 years working on a range of projects in Australia and around the world. He’s particularly upbeat about Ballarat as an attractive setting for arts.
“It's an affordable place to live. It's got a fascinating history both black history white history. It is complex regional community that has a potential to redefine what a contemporary Australian narrative is. I think there's a lot to be proud of,” Ives says. “We can use all of this to create the most extraordinary creative arts training.”
Ives is passionate about how arts has real benefits for a community.
“[W]hen arts practice thrives, there are economical benefits, there are social benefits, health benefits … the list goes on. But in order for it to thrive there is a transaction. You know: an extraordinary performance; an exhibition that changes your perspective; a piece of music that, you know, gets at you; a book that you can't put down. Whatever it is, this is all arts. I think art is for everyone.”
What was Ballarat like in the 1850s?
Ballarat looks a lot different today than it did in the 1850s. That’s probably obvious, but how different and what impact did the thousands of miners inflict on the environment?
Alice Barnes is an education officer at Sovereign Hill, who discusses the living conditions and and the evolution of gold-seeking in those early days of Ballarat's history. Mullock heaps are just some of the clear signs left over from the gold rush days when this whole region was turned upside down.
Sovereign Hill Education